September 28-30, 2016
2016 Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Conference

Pensacola Beach, FL — The 2016 Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Conference is focused on highlighting cutting-edge methods to deliver maximum cost-benefits from reliability testing. ASTR 2016 is relevant to manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, defense, medical, telecommunications and other industries where reliability is a key driver of operational and business success. If your company needs to improve product testing with a goal to improve reliability, reduce warranty costs, improve profits, gain market share, and be more competitive, then the 2016 ASTR Conference is for you.

We have speakers at this conference so make a point to visit their sessions. And please stop by and say ‘hi’ to us!

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Blue Fading Rule

August 4, 2016
IEEE Santa Clara Valley Reliability

Chapter Meeting
Surfaces, Interfaces and Microelectronic Packaging
by Dr. Guna Selvaduray, Ph.D.

Date: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
6:00pm – 6:30pm – Check-in
6:30pm – 8:00pm – Presentation

Location: Qualcomm Inc., 3165 Kifer Rd, Santa Clara, CA, 95051 (Meeting will be in the cafeteria, Building B)
Admission: Open to all IEEE members and non-members for FREE

All in-person attendees will receive a light lunch. Breaks with snacks and drinks will be part of the seminar experience.

Abstract: Of the total cost involved in producing a microelectronic component, between 50% to 90% goes towards the packaging, depending on the specific type of die and packaging technology. However, approximately 95% of the reliability issues are actually related to the packaging rather than the die. There are a variety of surfaces and interfaces, the integrity of which needs to be maintained at all times, in order for the die to be able to function reliably over its service life. Some of these surfaces and interfaces are obvious while others are not. The integrity of these surfaces can have a major impact on the long term reliability of the packaged die. The detailed composition of the interface can also change over time. This presentation will focus on a discussion of the interfacial interactions between Pb-free solders and substrates, the nature of these interactions, the intermetallic compounds (IMC) that are formed, and how these interaction layers can change over time.

Attendance to this seminar will count towards professional development hours for IEEE, ASQ. Please feel free to forward this message to your friends and colleagues. – Register here!

“50 Ways To Improve Product Reliability”
July 2016 – The 2nd Edition Of Mike Silverman’s Classic Book

With “How Reliable is Your Product? (2nd Edition),” Mike Silverman and Adam Bahret have delivered what few have done before: a comprehensive yet succinct overview of the field of reliability engineering and testing. Engineers and engineering managers will find much in this book of immediate practical value.

Available now in hardcover on Amazon!!!

Jay and all the Ops Staff


SANTA CLARA, California — May 13, 2015 — Ops A La Carte LLC today announced that Owner and Managing Partner, Kim Silverman, has sold Ops A La Carte LLC and its division HALT & HASS Labs to the company’s General Manager, Jay Muns.

Muns has been with Ops A La Carte since May 1, 2013, where he has been serving as the organization’s General Manager with responsibilities overseeing sales, marketing, operations, IT, and lab management. He has more than 35 years of experience in high tech industries including semiconductors, systems, CAD, and Electronic Design Services. Muns’ experience includes semiconductor design, operations management, test engineering, marketing, product line management, program/project management, and business development at companies such as NCR Microelectronics, Harris Semiconductor, Cadence Design Systems, Network Equipment Technologies, and Nuvation Engineering.

Ops A La Carte was founded 14 years ago with a vision of being able to support any company, with any product, in any industry, anywhere in the world to meet their reliability goals. Since then, Ops A La Carte has become a leader in providing professional reliability services and its worldwide team of over 60 expert consultants have worked on over 1,500 products in 100 different industries in 30 countries. Today’s announcement is the culmination of a strategic business decision that was made following the passing of company founder, Mike Silverman, last September to ensure the company’s long-term growth and success.

“I am so proud of the company that Mike and I have built over the last 14 years. We started the company from the ground floor and have built it to an international presence serving customers and partners all over the world,” said Silverman. “It was important for me to select a leader who not only had the depth and breadth of experience needed to service our extremely diverse customer base, but one who also embodied the passion and enthusiasm for the business that has been so critical to our success. I can’t think of a more ideal fit than Jay to carry on this legacy of excellence and lead Ops A La Carte into the future.”

Ops A La Carte LLC and HALT & HASS Labs will remain the same and continue to provide the same level of services without any disruption to its customers. Silverman will continue to assist the Company during its transition to ensure a seamless experience for customers, partners, employees, and consultants.

“I’ve known Kim and Mike since the early 2000s,” says Muns. “I’ve always been impressed with the energy and professionalism exuded by Ops A La Carte and with Mike, in particular. Understanding reliability and its importance to successful product development, there is great alignment with Mike’s and my vision of bringing the realization of reliable products to all of our customers in the most effective manner for them. I’m honored to have been asked to carry on their proud tradition and look forward to our team working closely with all our customers, vendors, and partners.”

About Ops A La Carte LLC

Ops A La Carte LLC is a Professional Reliability Engineering firm focused on providing confidence in reliability throughout a product’s life cycle through reliability assessment, consultation, testing, and training. Ops A La Carte LLC offers a flexible method of engagement from end-to-end reliability solutions; to solving specific problems; to providing individual targeted reliability services. Ops A La Carte has its own reliability test lab facility located in Santa Clara, California, which is its division called HALT & HASS Labs.

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